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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Where Joe Flacco's cap number ranks

By Jamison Hensley

The biggest misconception about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is his contract and how it impacts the team's ability to sign free agents.

Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract last year, actually has manageable salary cap numbers for this year and 2015. His $14.8 million cap number isn't the highest on the team. It ranks behind defensive tackle Haloti Ngata's $16 million cap number.

Flacco's cap number doesn't even rank in the top 10 among quarterbacks. It's tied for 11th with the Patriots' Tom Brady.

Half of the quarterbacks who have a higher cap number than Flacco in 2014 haven't won a Super Bowl. Eli Manning, who has the highest cap number among quarterbacks this season at $20.4 million, threw an NFL-worst 27 interceptions last season.

Flacco is making $6 million this year in salary, which also doesn't top the Ravens. Ngata ($8 million) and cornerback Lardarius Webb ($7.5 million) are earning more than Flacco in 2014.

Here are the 14 quarterbacks whose 2014 cap number is over $10 million: